In an effort to fill a massive gap in the Government of Canada's reporting
on military exports, the
Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT)
is releasing the
"WikiWeapons Canada" database. This resource contains
revealing details about 18,888 Canadian military-export contracts to the United States.
These contracts, valued at over US$7.2 billion, date from 1999 to 2009. (Download
Canada database and open with MS Excel.)
Although the Government of Canada has released periodic reports since 1990 on Canadian military exports,
these severely-flawed publications have never included any data on military exports to the United States.
This astounding but deliberate flaw in reports issued by the Department of
Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) needs to be
rectified because the U.S. accounts for 80%
of this country's total military exports. (Read
why COAT is releasing this data, and why the government should include
U.S. figures in its periodic report called, Export of Military Goods from
"WikiWeapons Canada" exposes information about a wide range of Canadian military
exports to the U.S., including small arms, automatic
weapons, ammunition, armoured battle vehicles and high-tech electronic
components that have been embedded in many of the world's deadliest weapons
Canadian Components Embedded in Major U.S. Weapons Systems
used in Iraq and Afghan Wars:
The database includes more than 1,100 contracts -- valued at US$900
million -- for Canadian-made components sold to the U.S. for assembly into
numerous varieties of major weapons systems used in the Iraq and Afghan
wars. For example:
* Warplane that fires Depleted Uranium (A-10 "Thunderbolt")
* Helicopter gunships (AH-1 "Cobra,"
Bombers (B-1 "Lancer,"
* Vehicles (M1 "Abrams" tanks,
M2 "Bradley Fighting Vehicles")
Heavy Artillery (M109
155 mm "Paladin" howitzer)
Electronic-warfare aircraft (E-2 "Hawkeye,"
"Sentry," EA-6B "Prowler,"
Fighter and Attack warplanes (F-14 "Tomcat,"
Falcon," F/A-18 "Hornet")
Other contracts for Canadian military exports to the U.S. revealed in "WikiWeapons Canada"
* M249 light machine gun/automatic weapons (5.56
* M60 machine guns (7.62 mm)
million, 163 contracts
* ranging from under 30mm to over 125 mm
US$105 million, 300 contracts for guns up to 200 mm calibre:
* under 30 mm: US$60 million, 237 contracts
* 75 mm - 125 mm: US$32 million, 52 contracts
* 125 mm - 200 mm: US$13 million, 12 contracts
US$78 million, 34 contracts
Combat Vehicles and parts:
Billion, 2000+ contracts.
Guided Missile Remote-Control Systems for helicopters:
CH-53 "Sea Stallion"
Stoking the Tsunamis
of War & Repression
March 11, 2011, just hours after Japan's earthquake, the Government of
Canada released its long-delayed and
on military exports for the years 2007 to 2009. As usual, 80% of the data is
missing because these reports have never include data on Canadian military
exports to the U.S.
Fuelling War in
Iraq and Afghanistan
Between 2007 and 2009, Canada exported
military technology worth $6.8
Billion to 40 countries with armed forces
fighting in Iraq and/or
(See COAT data table.)
Fuelling "Internal" Wars in 14
An additional $47 million in Canadian exports helped equip military
forces in 14
countries as they waged armed conflicts within their own borders.
(See COAT data table.)
97% Exported to
Countries at War
Countries at war received 97% of Canada's total military exports. Of the over $7.1
Billion worth of military products that Canada exported to 108 countries
between 2007 and 2009, 80% went to one
country -- the U.S..
(See COAT's pie chart.)
2.8% of Canada's Arms Exports went to Countries
NOT at war
Canadian military exports that did not fuel overt wars and
occupations, amounted for a mere 2.8% of the total (i.e., $200 million out
of $7.1 Billion).
(See COAT's data table.)
in the Middle East
and North Africa
Over the past 2 months, COAT has produced hundreds of
webpages and data tables to expose details about Canadian military exports to 20 countries
throughout the Middle East and North
Africa. (This is juxtaposed with many resources on human rights abuses
in each country.)
(See seven sets of COAT data